Jelavic makes China switch


Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic has completed his move from West Ham to Beijing Renhe after spending half a season at Upton Park.

Jelavic joined West Ham from Everton in September but struggled to feature regularly under Slaven Bilic, making only 15 appearances in total, which included just two starts and two goals.

Reports have suggested Chinese second-tier side Renhe have paid around £4 million for the 30-year-old, who has previously played for the likes of Hull City and Rangers.

The Premier League club said in a statement: "West Ham United can confirm that Nikica Jelavic has joined China League One club Beijing Renhe on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

"West Ham United would like to thank Nikica for his hard work during his time at the Boleyn Ground and wish him all the best for his future career."

Jelavic is the latest high-profile player to make the lucrative move to China, with Jackson Martinez, Fredy Guarin, Ramires and Alex Teixeira among those to feature in the upcoming Chinese Super League campaign.